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With Gore as Guest, Katie's Smile Says It All
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/24/2006 5:44:09 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

May 24, 2006

Let's imagine that instead of Al Gore, Katie Couric's guest this morning was a Republican presidential hopeful whose message on the environment was that we should not let alarmism push us into measures that would undermine our economy and way of life. Could you ever - ever! - imagine Katie flashing at him the 10,000 megawatt smile she has on display here for Al?

There's one more dead giveaway that Katie & Co. are getting aboard the Al Gore Enviro Train. When Today really wants to play up an issue, they brand it. Last week, flacking for the Da Vinci Code, Today sent Matt Lauer for a week "On The Road with the Code."

In introducing Gore, there to promote his global warming book and movie 'An Inconvenient Truth', Couric announced:

"This morning we are beginning a new series called 'Today's Climate Challenge, Tomorrow's Global Opportunity." You might call it: Al Gore - the Series! Katie introduced Gore with a bit of alarmism of her own: "With a record-setting hurricane season, the warmest April ever and rising ocean temperatures, many are saying global warming is in fact to blame. Former Vice-President Al Gore is one of them and now he's bringing his message to a theater near you."

Katie even permitted herself a gushing what-might-have been:

"I think in this movie, at different turns, you are funny, vulnerable, disarming, self-effacing and someone said after watching it, 'if only he was like this before, maybe things would have turned out differently in 2000.'"

Gore speaks in absolutely apocalyptic terms: "What we are facing is a planetary emergency. It's by far the most dangerous crisis by far that our civilization has ever confronted." Really? More dangerous, 'by far', then the Mutual Assured Destruction we faced with the Soviets for decades?

Of course even Couric had to pay some lip service to balance. Noticeably reading from notes, perhaps subliminally making clear that these were not her thoughts but those of others she had to recite, she said:

"People on the other side of the debate say yes it's getting warmer but the earth's average temperature has done this before. We may have something to do with it, but it hasn't warmed that much and it's not going to have catastrophic consequences any time soon."

Gore would brook absolutely no dissent from his world view:

"There's really not a debate. The debate's over. The scientific community has reached as strong a consensus as you will ever find in science. There are a few oil companies and coal companies that spend millions of dollars a year to put these pseudo-scientists out there predending there is a debate. It's exactly the same thing that the tobacco companies did after the Surgeon General warned us about the linkage between smoking and lung cancer."

Having timidly trotted out the other side of the argument, Couric left no doubt where she stands: "Where there is disagreement among scientists is not if but when we may see drastic environmental changes across the globe. Al Gore says the clock is ticking."

She later asked: "What do you see happening in say 15 to 20 years or even 50 years if nothing changes?"

Gore: "Well, what I think is going to happen is that we're going to respond to it. But if we didn't respond, what you would find is desertification of the mid-continental areas of the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. The melting of the polar ice cap and the beginnings of the same things in Antarctica and sea level increases of 20 feet or more worldwide. Of course Florida and Louisiana and Texas are particularly vulnerable. The San Francisco Bay area. Manila, and we have seen the impact of a couple of hundred thousand refugees from an environmental crisis [as pictures of Katrina victims flashed on the screen]. Imagine 100 million or 200 million."

Couric: "Even Manhattan would be in deep water, right?"

Gore: "Yes, the World Trade Center memorial site would be underwater."

Katie did observe: "Some people might say, oh boy, there is that tree-hugging Al Gore. He is at it again. Some people might dismiss you out of hand."

Gore: "Look, I've been trying to tell this story for 30 years. And I have a new ally in telling this story. Unfortunately mother nature is weighing in very powerfully and loudly. And people are listening. It's not a political issue. It's a moral issue."

Inevitably, talk turned to Gore's presidential ambitions.

Gore: "I don't intend to be a candidate ever again."

Couric: "Never, never, never?"

Gore: "Well, look, i don't plan to be a candidate. I have said that I am not at the stage of my life where I will say never the rest of my fe."

And just when you thought it might be safe to go back in the Today water, Katie closed by mentioning: "Tomorrow we will take a look at the alternative fuels that may help reduce global warming in the future


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: algore; environment; globalwarming; inconvenienttruth; katiecouric; todayshow
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1 posted on 05/24/2006 5:44:11 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters ping.


2 posted on 05/24/2006 5:44:40 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Heh! Never forget:

3 posted on 05/24/2006 5:45:45 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

and it all slips right past McCain-Feingold...


4 posted on 05/24/2006 5:46:18 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (Still MAD as HELL!!!)
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To: Paloma_55

Good point.


5 posted on 05/24/2006 5:47:08 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Wipe your chin, Katie.


6 posted on 05/24/2006 5:48:12 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"What we are facing is a planetary emergency. It's by far the most dangerous crisis by far that our civilization has ever confronted."

Is that why gore took several SUVs, 500 yards down the road to view his movie at Cannes? It's SUCH a threat that he can't make the walk?

7 posted on 05/24/2006 5:48:32 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
God I hope her CBS show tanks! She is certain to have a good start for the curiosity factor. I hope she fades in the stretch.

It won't cost her any money with that big contract, but it would sting.

8 posted on 05/24/2006 5:48:42 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

So, with Algore's new movie out. And Bill Clinton saying we need to get off our fat butts and go after global warming which he claims is a greater menace to us than the WOT. I can assume from this that the Democrats have finally come up with an issue for 2008? "We will keep the ice from melting?"


9 posted on 05/24/2006 5:50:09 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Good thing I don't watch Katie Colonic in the morning. There's some people I can't bear to look at on TV.....Bill Klinton and Katie among them.

So I really appreciate your rundowns, GLGB.

Anyone that posts another pic of Perky that I have to view right now will be shot on sight. At least wait till I have my second cup of coffee.

Leni

10 posted on 05/24/2006 5:50:27 AM PDT by MinuteGal (FReeps Ahoy 4 cruisers are home! Check the cruise thread for photos. Hit red "4" on Home Page)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I wonder what Katie drives...?


11 posted on 05/24/2006 5:51:10 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Uncle Wally = Lied about Vietnam

Dan Blather = Lied about President Bush

Katie Kolon = Will uphold that CBS Tradition

No worries!


12 posted on 05/24/2006 5:51:45 AM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

All this "science" stuff from Algore, who made a D in science class. Whoopdedoo.


13 posted on 05/24/2006 5:52:26 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: RandallFlagg

I had never seen those pics before. Thank you very much.


14 posted on 05/24/2006 5:52:38 AM PDT by YourAdHere (Bradypalooza. Available at Amazon.Com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Katie Couric? Really? I did not even know that old Gummy Bear was still around! Does anyone really watch that show that she does?


15 posted on 05/24/2006 5:54:53 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I predict she will be as good as Connie..what was that lady's name...err... oh well..you know.


16 posted on 05/24/2006 5:54:58 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (Still MAD as HELL!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"The scientific community has reached as strong a consensus as you will ever find in science."

... among those scientists whose livelihoods and research are based upon grants from groups that cannot brook any such opposing viewpoints, both political or scientific.

17 posted on 05/24/2006 5:55:10 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,400+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...the warmest April ever...

 

Uh...where????

18 posted on 05/24/2006 5:56:36 AM PDT by Fintan (Okay, sometimes I don't read all the articles.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"I don't care if it's a rolled up sock in his pants, he's so....so....Hollywood"

Doogle

19 posted on 05/24/2006 5:56:44 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF...8th TFW...Ubon Thailand...408thMMS..."69"...Night Line Delivery...AMMO!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"many are saying global warming is in fact to blame..."

I am one who will agree that global warming exists, and is to blame for some of the catastrophic weather we are seeing...however....



It is clearly evident that the temperature of our globe has cycled and we are in yet another of those warm cycles...its not a man-made problem.
20 posted on 05/24/2006 5:59:17 AM PDT by Paloma_55 (Still MAD as HELL!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"...and we have seen the impact of a couple of hundred thousand refugees from an environmental crisis [as pictures of Katrina victims flashed on the screen]."

IDIOT!!! That was not an environmental crisis. That was a crisis waiting to happen. When you build a city on the sea below sea level and you stop the water with walls the walls are bound to fail eventually, and the water will follow. The dykes in Denmark failed before the industrial revolution, fool. What global warming incidents caused those failures. (And the Tsunami was caused by an underwater earthquake... link a hole in the ozone to that one... along with the Tsunamis that caused destruction many hundreds of years ago when the big waves were first named Tsunamis.)


21 posted on 05/24/2006 5:59:43 AM PDT by raynearhood ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."- Ronald Reagan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Ohhhhhh Gooooodnnessss, Al, Baby! It feels sooooo goood to be present with such a renound individual that's sooooo scrambled in the noodle as myself! Youuu, just don't knowwww!"


22 posted on 05/24/2006 6:00:07 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Thank Goodness I work during the day and don't have to watch this nonsense.


23 posted on 05/24/2006 6:01:42 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The scientific community has reached as strong a consensus as you will ever find in science.

Science by consensus is Marxism, it is not science.

24 posted on 05/24/2006 6:03:36 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
to put these pseudo-scientists out there predending there is a debate.

Takes one to know one,what a knob.He's running and this is a campaign commercial,and so is the movie.

25 posted on 05/24/2006 6:06:39 AM PDT by Minnesoootan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I bet Katie never mentioned ManBearPig when talking to the RAT.


26 posted on 05/24/2006 6:08:47 AM PDT by BadAndy ("Loud mouth internet Rambo")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sounds like they gave a real fair shot at the opposite point of view. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.


27 posted on 05/24/2006 6:14:19 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Paloma_55
and it all slips right past McCain-Feingold...

Yup. Just as planned.

28 posted on 05/24/2006 6:17:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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29 posted on 05/24/2006 6:18:15 AM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush.)
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To: Fintan

...the warmest April ever...

Uh...where????

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Certainly not in my yard. So far I would call this a very cool spring with temperatures for most of May low enough that I wore a light jacket to work and took it off later. Now that things are warming up a little people are already starting to talk about how hot it is. People, I know hot, I grew up in the heat, heat is an enemy of mine, I am six four and two hundred and fifty pounds and heat really bothers me. IT AIN'T HOT DAMMIT!!!!!!!


30 posted on 05/24/2006 6:18:52 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I have watched her new entertainment show exactly ZERO times and hope to remain a Katie news anchor virgin forever.


31 posted on 05/24/2006 6:20:51 AM PDT by sine_nomine (No more RINO presidents. We need another Reagan.)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775
I can assume from this that the Democrats have finally come up with an issue for 2008?

democrats
bitching about the weather

32 posted on 05/24/2006 6:20:55 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: RipSawyer
So far I would call this a very cool spring with temperatures for most of May low enough that I wore a light jacket to work and took it off later.

April and May have even trended cooler in Iraq this year than the last two springs I spent here.

The global warming people are so full of it. They think if they say it was the warmest April, we'll all reflect and say "By golly, they're right. It was real warm, wasn't it?"

33 posted on 05/24/2006 6:23:36 AM PDT by Allegra (Finbar for Texas Governor!)
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To: Doogle
“Just give me a pillow to bite... and I won't make a peep.”


34 posted on 05/24/2006 6:24:02 AM PDT by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
you are funny, vulnerable, disarming, self-effacing

Yeah. THAT's what I want in a president. Vulnerability.

Sheesh...

35 posted on 05/24/2006 6:24:40 AM PDT by Foxfire4
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro; dighton

Good Lord!
As my grandma would say, "she's grinning like a mule eating briars"

36 posted on 05/24/2006 6:27:07 AM PDT by Constitution Day (zdfadfgsdfgfd)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
We saw the previews of Albore's movie the other night, his overly dramatic, hysterical voice is going to turn some people off. We snickered. The true believers (of global warming) are going to be scared to death.
37 posted on 05/24/2006 6:32:08 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Seeing her on the verge of tears as her cohosts announced that Bush had won the 2000 election and Gore had called to conceed was all I need for confirmation of her lack of objectivity in reporting the news.

I've never seen her as down reporting any event.

She's got the kneepads on for Al Gore Jr. here.


38 posted on 05/24/2006 6:33:21 AM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I went back through my screen captures and found another shot in which Katie manages to outdo even the first posted image.

First image:

Second image:


39 posted on 05/24/2006 6:34:26 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Gore: "Yes, the World Trade Center memorial site would be underwater."

Katie did observe: "Some people might say, oh boy, there is that tree-hugging Al Gore. He is at it again. Some people might dismiss you out of hand."

Other's might say that if Alggore and his boss had done their jobs the World Trade Center would not need a memorial site.

40 posted on 05/24/2006 6:36:32 AM PDT by capydick (Not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...what you would find is desertification...

Des'er'tif'i'cation? Is that a word??

Reminds me of that one Top Cat cartoon where TC tells Officer Dibble, "For three meals a day and small stipend we'd be glad to be deputerized." (de'pu'ter'ized -- deputized)


41 posted on 05/24/2006 6:40:57 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
There's one more dead giveaway that Katie & Co. are getting aboard the Al Gore Enviro Train.

Great. Now I've got "Crazy Train" stuck in my head...

42 posted on 05/24/2006 6:48:22 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (If you don't understand the word "Illegal", then the public school system has failed you.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/gallery.html

Al Gore posed for a photo paddling a canoe. But in order to make sure the canoe would float for the photo-op, 4 billion gallons of water was released from a New Hampshire dam and allowed to escape down the creek. New Hampshire was in the middle of a record drought at the time.

43 posted on 05/24/2006 7:06:01 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Mark, just reading your report this morning was like watching a grotesque train wreck. I don't know how you can stand watching it, but I thank you for doing it for us.

The scary thing is that millions of dimwits watch this woman and hang on her every word and expression. Between her and Oprah, it's quite frightening how manipulable people can be.

What is it about these two vapid females that could possibly account for their unwarranted worship?

44 posted on 05/24/2006 7:11:20 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: capydick
...if Alggore and his boss had done their jobs the World Trade Center would not need a memorial site.

Well said!!

45 posted on 05/24/2006 7:13:37 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (Anaheim Angels - 2002 World Series Champions)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
One of the first posts I read on FR and why I knew this was a place to join was someone referring to the "Katie Couric test" of bias. You can put a piece of paper of the TV screen and block out who Katie is interviewing and still tell whether the person is a liberal or conservative by her demeanor. Happy, happy, joy, joy if she's interviewing a liberal and mourning or scowling if she's interviewing a conservative.

That and someone here said there should be a "veil of mourning" blocker (like nudity blockers) put on her after an election in which conservatives won , because she doesn't even try to appear neutral.

46 posted on 05/24/2006 7:20:48 AM PDT by techcor
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"With a record-setting hurricane season, the warmest April...

followed by one of the coolest May in recent memory (at least here in the northeast) That's the problem with Al Gore: no rhythm. Just as he builds up a head of steam on Global Warming, it snows, freezes, or rains for a week. The man has no sense of timing. But heck, we're dealing with the weather. So that doesn't necessarily make him stupid -- just foolish. Not presidential material.

47 posted on 05/24/2006 7:22:46 AM PDT by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Isn't global warming the reason that Yosemite is no longer under a sheet of ice? And that's a bad thing?


48 posted on 05/24/2006 7:23:19 AM PDT by TMD (Get Planned Parenthood out of our schools!)
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To: Inspectorette

Thanks, Inspectorette, it really is my, twisted, pleasure.

By the way, twice now in the last month, I've had the pleasure of appearing on the radio show of someone from your neck of the woods . . . Lars Larson!


49 posted on 05/24/2006 7:26:33 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: capydick

I recall Algore's last assignment was airline and airport security. Nice going, jerk.


50 posted on 05/24/2006 7:27:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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